The American Association of State Colleges and Universities Announces Taskstream as a Corporate Partner to Help Re-Imagine the First Year of College
Taskstream contributes over 16 years of experience in learning outcomes assessment to the initiative
NEW YORK – June 21, 2016 — Taskstream, the leading provider of assessment management and e-portfolio solutions for higher education – was recently announced as one of 14 corporate partners for the American Association of State Colleges and Universities’ (AASCU) “Re-Imagining the First Year of College” project, a three-year initiative to develop comprehensive, institutional transformation that redesigns the first year of college and creates sustainable change for student success.
With support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, USA Funds, and the corporate partners, the RFY project brings together 44 AASCU member institutions as a learning community to develop a robust collection of integrated strategies, programs, and approaches to improve student success. This work, gathered over a three-year pilot, will lay the ground work for change at other institutions across the country as these ideas are vetted.
As AASCU President Muriel Howard noted, “The Re-Imagining the First Year of College initiative…is a groundbreaking collaboration that we believe will substantively and sustainably alter the first-year experience for students at the 44 AASCU member institutions who are participating.”
To build a broad base of resources, the RFY initiative will focus on four critical areas that have proven to impact student success: institutional intentionality, curriculum redesign, changes in faculty and staff roles, and changes in student roles.
Taskstream will contribute its more than 16 years of experience in learning outcomes assessment with individual institutions and multi-institutional efforts, such as the Multi-State Collaborative to Advance Learning Outcomes Assessment (MSC) and the WICHE Interstate Passport Initiative. Many of the participating institutions already work with Taskstream’s software to support ongoing assessment and accreditation efforts.
“We are pleased to be a part of AASCU’s RFY initiative,” said Webster Thompson, President of Taskstream. “We look forward to working with more institutions to explore the impact that clearly articulated learning outcomes paired with guided learning pathways, e-portfolios, and direct assessment of student artifacts can have on student success, particularly during the critical first year of college.”
The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) is a Washington, D.C.-based higher education association of more than 400 public colleges, universities, and systems whose members share a learning- and teaching-centered culture, a historic commitment to underserved student populations, and a dedication to research and creativity that advances their regions’ economic progress and cultural development.
Taskstream partners with institutions of higher education to improve student learning and institutional quality with proven, reliable, and user-friendly assessment management and e-portfolio solutions and supporting services. For more information, visit www.taskstream.com.
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